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LONDON CALLING

6 November 2012

City take a familiar route to the Big Smoke on Tuesday to face Charlton.

this Tuesday evening, hoping to secure their third away win of the season and protect their place at the summit of the Championship.Charlton AthleticThe Bluebirds travel to

 

different clubs in the English football tiers from the English capital during that time.14 times. The capital city of Wales has had to compete with no less than 52 in the Millennium Stadium in 2003, Cardiff City have played London based clubs in the league Queen’s Park RangersSince defeating

 

points off them with a 2-0 home victory and a 2-2 draw away.4 in the league, Cardiff taking th years, losing on both occasions in the 2007/08 season; 3-0 away, and 2-0 at home. The following year, Charlton were relegated, finishing 2410 times in the last 4Cardiff have only played Charlton

 

draws, the records clearly do not give much away. The journey back and forth along the M4 has led to, on average, an even split of points.17 losses and 19 wins against the London clubs since returning to the second tier of English football, 16The Bluebirds have built a solid foundation in the form of a new stadium, investment and record signings over the past decade, whilst remaining in the Championship. With

 

in Cup competitions.Chelsea (three times, one a replay) and most recently Arsenal (twice, one a replay) Tottenham Hotspur. Reading and Watford are, for the purpose of this analysis, considered as Berkshire and Hertfordshire clubs respectively. We have, of course, also faced Premier League big-boys Charlton Athletic and Crystal Palace, Millwall, West Ham United, QPRThe London clubs that the Bluebirds have faced in League action since the 2002/03 Division Two Play-Off final have been

 

. Entertainment has rarely been lacking in the ties; a memorable fixture against QPR at the tail end of the 2010/11 season saw a fantastic strike from Jay Bothroyd cancelled out by Adel Taarabt's sensational curling effort, whilst in the same season the Bluebirds drew 3-3 at Millwall - the highest scoring game of the past decade between the two capital clubs. Cardiff’s biggest win came in 2004/05, when a rampant City side beat West Ham United 4-1 at Ninian Park, early goals from Alan Lee and Joe Ledley warning the Hammers before Paul Parry and Jobi McAnuff added two more.50 times and shipped 48 League games considered here, Cardiff put the ball in the back of the net 52Of the

 

in the Championship, will be looking to claim only their second home win of the campaign. League leaders City meanwhile will be aiming to add another three points to their healthy tally and kick on from a disappointing loss to Bolton on Saturday. The ultimate goal? Making the M4 journey to Chelsea, Arsenal, Fulham, Tottenham and QPR next season!stIn regard to tonight’s fixture, Charlton, who sit 21


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